Kevin Craycraft of Sarasota is in the midst of one of the hottest streaks ever compiled by a bowler in the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County area.
The 25-year-old righthander has lit up the lanes all summer in the Friday Night Mixed League at Englewood Bowl, and his season-long performance headlines this week's Examiner.com high-score report from area centers.
Amazingly, spanning the first eight weeks of the league schedule, Craycraft's low series is 690, and after opening the season with a 194 game, he has fired 23 consecutive games of 210 or better, including a perfect game in Week 3.
In his most-recent outing, he increased his average to 244 with an 805 series on games of 279, 259 and 268, and it was his second 800-plus set of the season, with his third-week perfect game having jump-started an 803.
"I really don't know how to explain my recent hot streak," he said. "I've been using the same equipment and style, although I've been putting in a couple more days of practice each week this summer.
"Part of (my success) may have something to do with the competitive aspect of bowling on a league team with my brother (Brian) for the first time, but I really hope and expect to keep bowling this well in the winter leagues."
Craycraft carried a 224 yearbook average for the 2013-14 season at Englewood Bowl, and although he has consistently carried 200-plus averages since finishing at 212 and rolling a perfect game in his final season (2008-09) in the Sarasota Lanes junior program, this summer's 300 game is his first certified perfecto in adult league play.
He now has three certified 800s to his credit, including the two this summer and an 801 last December, also at Englewood Bowl. But if his recent bowling is any indication, his honor-score total is certain to increase rapidly.
Jordan Sepper connects for perfect game at Sarasota Lanes
Competing in last Wednesday's session of the Cook Spring Invitational League at Sarasota Lanes, Jordan Sepper opened with a perfect game, then followed with scores of 190 and 266 to complete a 756 series.
Sepper had opened the same league with an 815 series on games of 277, 269 and 269 on the league's first night on May 7, and his most-recent effort upped his average to 230.
Tom Janosik strung 10 consecutive strikes en route a 289 game as part of a four-game 950 series in the Summer Men's Trio at Bowland Port Charlotte, and Amy Updike posted a 147-over-average 669 series that included a 245 game in the same league.
In other high-score reports from area bowling establishments on a light week of action, due to the Fourth of July holiday:
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE: Billy Seymour 279-985 (4 games), Jerry Lake 279, Mike Onushco 279, Daniel Gassera 27-762 and 276-949 (4), James Creutz 267; Rosie Gassera 247.
- SARASOTA LANES: Aaron Albritton 268 and 710, Cory Anderson 267 and 702, Leroy Wagler 728; Jessica Hendrickson 225, Shanti Schrock 620.
- TREASURE LANES: David Phillips 279-721, Joe Tocco 279, Steve Perin 266.
- ENGLEWOOD BOWL: Brian Craycraft 266.
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